Were it for the stunning vistas alone, the visual effects in Life of Pi might still have been my favourite of the last ten years in film. But then there's Richard Parker. It's well known, though perhaps not well known enough, that only five shots of the tiger were of a real live animal - the remaining several dozen were all CGI recreations, with a level of depth and accuracy so high that it's nigh impossible to tell which shots are real and which are not without foreknowledge. And then there are the other animals, and there's the ship, and there are the subtle details you'd barely even think were VFX. It's a combination of dazzling creations, breathtaking realism and seamless application that makes the visual effects in Life of Pi my favourite, not only of the ten years since I started my movie obsession, but of all time at the cinema.