We love independent films. We love foreign films. We love good movies. This is why we see very few commercially released American films.
Oh, sure, there are a few films made by the "studios" that are worth two hours or $20. But this is proof of my belief -- often said -- that a thousand monkeys in a room with a thousand typewriters will, in a thousand years, type out the complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Translated: even the big studios will eventually chance upon something of quality.
Does this make me a snob? No. It makes me a person who values my time and does not want to waste it with any more explosions, car chases, or shoot-'em-ups. Time is, after all, the only truly valuable commodity in the world.
The New York Times has a fascinating article on the current state of affairs in re independent cinema.