429 Castro St
San Francisco, California 94114

Emphasizing overlooked, dismissed, and forgotten films from the 1970’s & 1980’s, host Jesse Hawthorne Ficks presents his “MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS” Series at the Castro Theatre!

ALL THREE FILMS for only $10.00! Advance Tix available at www.ticketweb.com or at the Castro Theatre box office. Please contact Jesse Hawthorne Ficks at www.midnitesformaniacs.com or email him at [email protected]

F 7:30p: Heartbeeps
Directed by Allan Arkush (Rock N Roll High School) Containing: Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest, Paul Bartel, Dick Miller and the voice of Jerry Garcia 1981, 79 minutes, ‘SCOPE

Kaufman gives the performance of his film career as a Latka-esque robot who escapes destruction and falls in love with the sexiest android in the factory, played by Peters. Stan Winston’s disturbing special effects are a sight to be believed but nothing beats Jerry Garcia (yes, Jerry!) as the voice of the couple’s baby robot!! Oh, bring your kleenex, seriously. Note: Due to the short length of HEARTBEEPS, the film will be preceeded by a special trailer collection of yr favorite yet not forgotten computerized films.

F 9:45p: Weird Science
Directed by John Hughes
Containing: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Michael Berryman 1985, 95 min

Freaks, geeks, and tons of twin peaks! This innocently sexist new wave classic is easily one of the best of its kind. Relive those adolescent days when you and your friend put bras on your head and created the ultimate super-woman (LeBrock) by electrocuting a Barbie doll into a super-computer! Watch out though, your bully older brother (Paxton) is making your life a living hell (and stealing the show!) I DARE you to show up wearing your sister’s bra... on your head!

F 11:59p (Midnite): Joysticks
Directed by Greydon Clark Containing: Jonathan Gries, Joe Don Baker, Jim Greenleaf, Leif Green, Scott McGinnis, Corrine Bohrer 1983, 88 min SUPER RARE 35MM PRINT

This forgotten T&A classic not only has the greatest theme song of the 1980’s (“Totally awesome video games!”), it combines everything you loved from that preposterous decade: Valley girls, arcades, nerds, slobs, boobies, left-over hippies and the all time greatest punk gang, The Vidiots (led brilliantly by Jonathan Gries of Napoleon Dynamite fame.) Help save the arcade from being closed down by those evil conservative townsfolk and yeah. Play some games while you’re at it! You will not find another movie that genuinely captures the video game craze of the early 80’s. Not available on DVD.

MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS program notes by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

Added by kknight852 on June 27, 2006