Really? I think there's been way more quality filmmaking from 2000 to now than there ever was in the 90's, and by a wide margin at that.
Here's my point: Visual effects
Here is CGI today, it's generally good mixed in with scenes like this that are just bad
(I know it's a hotwheels comercial, but that is real footage from green lantern there)
Here CG ten years ago (2002):
[youtube]Lord of the rings gollum rabbit scene[/youtube]
-Now, take into consideration, all of these older movies had to invent the methods of special effects they were using (such as gollum, Weta created new software and new methods just to create that stuff) Yet, somehow most of it looks better than what we have today.
In Screenplays, the entire atmosphere has changed. In the late 90's, even blockbuster hits had a sense of suspence and dramatic competency. Nowadays, the entire outlook is far too lighthearted for my taste. Look at the Transformers sequels; the first one was somewhat entertaining - because it didn't get lost in racist and sexist humor. Best example of last decade's writing is Jack Sparrow's character. In Pirates 1 he had a sense of danger, you felt as if he could manage himself at sea, but most of all, he was unpredictable and a step ahead of everyone. It made him interesting, it made him dangerous, and it made a good character. In the last pirates movie (made almost a decade after the original) He serves no purpose what so ever. He doesn't move the story along, he a complete idiot, and his presence serves no purpose other than cracking a tiring joke to pull the audience out of the action of the film. You didn't get character failure like that in the late 90s/erly 2000s. This is personal preference, some people like these comedy/adventure flicks. I hate them, I can't get involved in the a film that is trying to build up tension while deliberately breaking it down with bad jokes.
The quality of movies has only started dropping since about 2007, it's a pretty recent thing but it has plumetted like nothing else. I feel that the problem is that it's all become so easy that there's no reason to come up with new way s of doing things, it makes more money to pump out a cookie-cutter script, with cookie cutter acting and cookie cutter special effects.