Goodie Offers a Grab Bag of Ranting and Fun

[show=goodiebag size=large]Everyone loves a good rant — series like Project Rant are based entirely on that concept. But Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based video producer who’s been creating web content since 2007, has taken his talent for ranting and combined it with a knack for reasoned arguments and sardonic asides. And the result — his irregular updates to — has become a mecca for those seeking a dose of common sense and intelligent discussion online.

For while each short features sharp, fast-paced editing, an eclectic and visually intriguing approach to graphics and B-roll footage, and overall professional production values, what makes the Goodie Bag videos, hosted by, work is primarily Ferguson. Smart, well-researched and clever in his arguments, he’ll put things like the ongoing 2012 paranoia into historical context or provide a counterargument to claims of Slumdog Millionaire being exploitative. As the face of the series, Ferguson isn’t necessarily the most dynamic, but he doesn’t have to be — the intelligence and wit he brings to the table provides all the zest necessary.

Occasionally, Ferguson puts his talents as an editor front and center, such as this week’s ode to Hollywood’s love of destroying New York. On the surface, it’s a simple concept — edit shots from films like Ghostbusters, Armageddon and Watchmen to a piece of music. But Ferguson adds an extra layer to the video by pairing these clips with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, used most memorably in the opening to Woody Allen’s Manhattan, which was itself an earnest and lovingly shot ode to the city that, Ferguson points out, we can’t get enough of watching destroyed. There’s no theory provided as to why New York is such a favorite target for asteroids and monsters and tsunamis, but simply raising the question has potentially much more value.

By not being tied into a regular genre (Ferguson also produced the West Side Story-esque Macs vs. PCs, which was one of my 10 favorite overlooked videos from 2008), Goodie Bag’s output is unpredictable in nature, but it’s so reliable in quality that it’s hard to mind. The only thing I’d change if I could is the lack of a regular release schedule — doesn’t really matter to me at this point what Ferguson does, just so long as he does it more often.