Sunday, August 18, 2013

Movie Ad of the Week: THE PHYNX (1970)

World Premiere - Wednesday, May 6, 1970 - Indianapolis, IN

Q: "How do you get a super secret agent into Albania to spring some big shots out of there?"

A: "Form a pop musical group and get invited to Albania!"

THE PHYNX has the reputation of being one of the worst major studio releases of the past 50 years, but it isn't that bad. We'll even go out on a limb and say that 30-40 minutes of it are actually pretty clever and funny (especially the scene with Larry Hankin as record producer "Philbaby" and a backlot musical number that seems to be referencing "This Boy" from A HARD DAY'S NIGHT), leading us to the conclusion that George Foster & Bob Booker's story would've worked better as one of their comedic concept LPs rather than a feature length movie. A rare 35mm screening of THE PHYNX is happening tonight at the Cinefamily, but if you're like us and you don't live in L.A., you'll have to make do with the Warner Archive DVD-R and this insightful blog post by our friend Marc Edward Heuck.

1 comment:

Marc Edward Heuck said...

Thank you for the plug on my essay! That really means a lot from you.

Damn what I would give to see one of those free PHYNX posters!