When we last spoke to filmmaker Thom Zimny (here), he was knee deep in the world of Bruce Springsteen. Fast forward a few years and Zimny is just emerging from his newest documentary, which takes a look at none other than Sylvester Stallone. The doc is Sly, which just hit Netflix after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival. Recently, he and I hopped on Zoom to discuss the movie. Today, that chat comes your way.
Sly is one of my favorite documentaries of the year. It shows a side to Stallone most of us have never seen before. Focusing on several of his recurring characters, as well as a long-form conversation with the man himself, Zimny doesn’t utilize your standard approach. It’s far from a talking head doc, too. The clips are well selected, to be sure, but it’s the moments with Stallone himself looking back are where things truly shine.
Below, you can see my conversation with Zimny. We get into why Stallone was someone he wanted to make a film about, certain projects of his that didn’t make the cut, and more. Any excuse I have to discuss under-seen gems like Cop Land is an excuse I relish, so it was great that Zimny was eager to go there as well with me. Sly is a great documentary and well worth seeing, if you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, fire up Netflix and rectify that…
Here now is my interview with Sly filmmaker Thom Zimny. Enjoy:
Sly is currently streaming on Netflix!