A pet peeve is when people say that. Then when it comes to the Oscars they say "I've never seen any of these films." Tons of original films are made every year.
The movies get made but you'll never here about them or they don't make it to your local screen.
The monies in the big tentpole movie's. You get cheap indie films, expensive blockbusters and not much in-between.
Occasionally you'll get something like John Wick or Joker.
Oscar nominations are often for boring period dramas although the last one were the best they've been in years.
Empire Strikes Back was number one film few weeks back, I think the OT is doing the rounds again.
We can go to the movies here, not much to see though.