What, exactly, is a "chick flick?" To critics and studio execs, it's a movie that appeals to women, with the separate but equal assumption that it's completely without interest for men. It's the nastiest of putdowns, in other words, despite critic B. Ruby Rich's clever, calculated appropriation of the phrase as the title of her terrific 1998 collection of essays about films made by women. That major chunk of cinema also gets little respect in our culture, a chronic malady that Ariella Ben-Dov has challenged for 11 years. The founder and... More >>>