99 Projects: Coen Bros Movie Magnets

Project #9: The Coen Movies Magnets.

Not all projects have to be big to bring great joy. I made these magnets featuring Coen Brothers films for our refrigerator:

Refrigerator magnets of Coen brothers movie stills.

A few years ago, the Walker Art Center did a Regis Dialogue and Film Retrospective of the films of Joel & Ethan Coen. I kept the program, which had high-quality, rectangular photo stills of their films. I thought it would be cool to make magnets but I didn’t have a laminating machine.

Note: save programs or books for art exhibits you love. The production and paper are generally high quality (better than, say, saving magazine images) and will make great images for magnets!

A few weeks ago, the little photos turned up in a box I was cleaning out. I put them on my desk, thinking I needed to find a way to make them.

Last week, as I was hunting down a folder for our 2011 tax info in the basement, I found some adhesive lamination sheets in a box of old office supplies. Hooray! I sat in the back yard pressing the movie images onto adhesive paper and sticking magnets on the backs.

I’ve got Brad in Burn After Reading:

Magnet of Brad Pitt in the film Burn After Reading.

And Billy Bob in The Man Who Wasn’t There:

Magent of Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There.

And George in O Brother, Where Art Thou:

Magent of George Clooney in O Brother, Where Where Art Thou?

I have eight magnets in all. For some reason, I’m missing Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men.

I’m pretending that Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers never happened.

I’ll be on a quest to complete the set, but in the meantime, I think they look great on the fridge:

Coen film magents on refrigerator.

4 thoughts on “99 Projects: Coen Bros Movie Magnets

  1. I heart making magnets! This is a great collection, although I am a little saddened that it appears to mean that Hulk got bumped off.

  2. Yes, that KUMM magnet is a prized possession and has been on our fridge, at every place we’ve lived, for over 10 years!

  3. Jen: I thought I should let you know that the Hulk is still in service, he’s just lower down on the fridge. We have a lot of magnets…

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