When I saw the headline “Moviegoers warned of Babel sickness,” I laughed, not out of schadenfreude, but vindication. ‘Cause when I saw it in the theater last winter, it made me sick, too, and I mean losing-my-breakfast sick. Not just the scene where Rinko Kikuchi (pictured, left) goes to the disco with the synapse-frying strobes, but long stretches of the movie, with its wobbly camera work. So I was relieved to know I’m not the only viewer who got dizzy and queasy.
Curiously, I didn’t feel any such effects when I watched Babel in my living room. (The jittery camera work in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives affected me the same way, churning my stomach in the theater but not at home.) So I open the floor to you, PopWatchers: can anyone explain why Babel (and Husbands) made me nauseated on the big screen but not on my TV? And which movies and TV shows have made you literally ill?