From Australian News:
A 42-year-old Taiwanese man with a history of high blood pressure has died of a stroke likely triggered by over-excitement from watching the blockbuster Avatar in 3D, a doctor says.
The man, identified only by his surname Kuo, started to feel unwell during the screening earlier this month in the northern city of Hsinchu and was taken to hospital.
Mr Kuo, who suffered from hypertension, was unconscious when he arrived at the Nan Men General Hospital and a scan showed that his brain was hemorrhaging, emergency room doctor Peng Chin-chih said today.
“It’s likely that the over-excitement from watching the movie triggered his symptoms,” the doctor said.
Mr Kuo died 11 days later from the brain hemorrhage, and the China Times newspaper said it was the first death linked to watching James Cameron’s science-fiction epic Avatar.
Film blogging sites have reported complaints of headaches, dizziness, nausea and blurry eyesight from viewers of Avatar and other movies rich in 3D imagery.
Seems like a better reason to avoid the IMAX theaters than the ones the conservative pundits have been giving us.
To those crazies, I quote The LA Times‘s Patrick Goldstein. Yes, it is a white guilt fantasy. Yes, it’s anti-military contractor. (Are we supposed to be pro-military contractor?) Yes, it’s an environmental, tree-hugging, nature worshipping remake of Pocahontas/Dances with Wolves with Smurf cats. But there’s something much more important going on here:
“Avatar” has, of course, far more on its mind than its politics. It’s a triumph of visual imagination and the world’s first great 3-D movie. But it is fascinating to see how today’s ideology-obsessed conservatives have managed to walk away from such a crowd-pleasing triumph and only see the film’s political subtext, not the groundbreaking artistry that’s staring them right in the face.