EW Staff
September 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Head ’em up and move ’em out! Our box office roundup’s last look at the herd of summer movies (#723, Aug. 15) elicited yee-haws and cries about Hollywood’s wee flaws. ”EW, you did it again!” cheers Lorenz Esguerra of Plymouth, Minn. ”Your summer box office report is right on target. I especially agree with your five reasons a movie sucked or succeeded.” Christopher Drake of Lakewood, Colo., thinks he knows why the season seemed so shocking: ”The real problem this summer and every summer is that the substance of a studio’s product has taken second position to the business of the product. The studio’s apparent motivation is not to make great movies but to make movies that open great.” Also on the great front, TV fans applauded our writer’s ability to make even unwatchable shows enjoyable. ”I just watched (or attempted to watch) Red Water; Dalton Ross’ review cracked me up,” says Susan Block of Marshfield, Wis. ”Keep up the sarcasm, a technique that is widely underused.” Consider your wish granted.

Summer Schooled

I love a good old popcorn flick as much as the next moviegoer, but too much popcorn can clog the arteries. I wish moviemakers would, for one summer, stop pandering to every single immature, ill-mannered teenager in the country. Time was when summer blockbusters took the form of E.T., The Empire Strikes Back, or Raiders of the Lost Arkmovies that were original, appealed to a wide audience, and were not afraid to take emotional risks amid the spectacular visuals and fantastic concepts. I find it incredibly sad that the generation weaned on these pictures ignores that fact. GRAHAM PHELPS Phelpsg9@aol.com Taylorsville, N.C.

Kudos to Jeff Jensen for giving us a much-needed new word: suckage, as in ”so much success — and so much suckage.” Just when we needed it most! PATRICK SHIELDS Studio City, Calif.

This article was a pretty accurate portrayal of the current excess of trash being pumped out by the movie industry. Is there anyone left in Hollywood who has an original thought? They’ve proven that money is the only goal. Not only is quality not secondary, it’s not even part of the equation. Why are sequels like Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Boys II even made when the originals were not worth watching? NICK JURY jurbop@hotmail.com Wailuku, Hawaii

He’s So Shia

Way to stay ahead of the game, EW (”Where’s LaBeouf?”)! Shia LaBeouf is a rarity: an extremely funny actor who can do something no other teen actor can doget a 21-year-old college student to watch the Disney Channel. (And admit to it!) KARA BARNEY kb9929@yahoo.com Holland, Mich.

In junior high, I was prone to sudden, inexplicable obsessions with celebrities and other unattainable figures; Shia has brought that bad habit back in full force. He’s edgy, smart, and hi-lar-i-ous. How in the world is he not already the star of teen Hollywood? WHITTNEY A. DUNN wadck9@mizzou.edu Willow Springs, Mo.

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