Max Borenstein

May 09, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Godzilla’: Gareth Edwards aims for awe, tears with monster reboot

Inside an editing bay on Warner Bros.’ Burbank lot, Gareth Edwards listened carefully to the sounds of war spool out from a cluster of speakers. The young director kept his eyes locked on a high-definition screen as crimson flares illuminated the night sky over Oahu, watching as explosive blasts demolished stands of trees and helicopters in mid-flight violently plummeted to Earth, threatening a battalion of soldiers tearing through the Hawaiian jungle. “I’m always trying to get a bit of ‘Apocalypse Now’ into anything I do,” said Edwards back in January, when the soft-spoken Brit was still in the throes of completing his Hollywood debut. But it wasn’t a conventional war movie Edwards was crafting; rather, it was another new take on “Godzilla.” Due in theaters Friday, Edwards’ “Godzilla” reboot might not necessarily inspire comparisons to Francis Ford Coppola’s meditative epic, […]
May 07, 2014 | 4:49 p.m.

‘Godzilla: Awakening’: Graphic novel prequel charts beastly history

The cover of the graphic novel prequel "Godzilla: Awakening." (Legendary Comics)
“Godzilla” roars back into theaters May 16 with a would-be blockbuster directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) that takes as its inspirational starting point Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 classic. A companion graphic novel prequel, “Godzilla: Awakening,” arrives from Legendary Comics on Wednesday, however, written by the film’s screenwriter Max Borenstein in collaboration with his cousin, Greg Borenstein. Illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and Lee Loughridge, and featuring cover art by Arthur Adams, the prequel centers on the younger years of the researcher Ichiro Serizawa, portrayed in the film by Ken Watanabe, and tells the story of his quest to track and make known the existence of Gojira, or Godzilla, and another creature that battled the huge dinosaur-like beast. Hero Complex caught up with Max Borenstein to talk about the 80-page book, the cultural touchstones of Godzilla and moving […]
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