The story wore thin quickly, not for lack of substance, certainly neither for lack of trying, but simply for lack of finding any further substantial clues to verify Fincher's involvement in that one commercial singled out by Kubrick.
Like Fight Club? The Social Network?
David Fincher's first feature-length director's credit is given for the music documentary "The Beat of the Live Drum" in 1985, also having had directed several videos for rock icon Rick Springfield by that time. Now while I can indeed verify that David Fincher has directed a Michelob commercial, I can only suggest a heap of circumstancial clues: such as that Rick Springfield held close ties to Michelob at the time, Fincher's subsequent work as a beverages mastermind, and how distinctly the ad in question looks like a Fincher effort. All of this could mean that a young Fincher directed "The Night Belongs To Michelob" -- the clip mentioned and complimented on by Stanley Kubrick.
Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly begins his personal Fincher narrative from a different vantage point, Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun", and goes on to craft a quite unique blend of personal comment, film review and film comparison, identifying key similarity in Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" and Fincher's newly unboxed "Gone Girl".
Was all of this Kubrick / Fincher / Michelob quibble a bit confusing? Well, consider it a "brilliantly woven structure" for this post; it's my tribute to Gillian Flynn. Somehow it seemed to make sense and it seemed quite fitting also with Kelly's meandering explorations -- and the only way to share that 'Schroedinger's maybe' of Kubrick recognizing Fincher.
Do go on and read "A Study of Psychopathy in the Heteronormative Patriarchal Occult" though, it certainly is quizzically intriquing and one of the more extraordinary reviews for "Gone Girl" you will find out there. And while you're at it: Please join me in saying thanks to Mark for that amazing Kubrick find, and Gould for the Kelly piece -- Thanks guys!