-like you said, kinda dark.
-text is kinda hard to see, mainly because its clear/transparent-ish
-the middle pic looks stretched, maybe its just me.
-placement of the cuts/pics is ok
-effects could be better i suppose.
Not bad since you havnt done much since May. To me, the darkness kinda kills it. Layout really isnt that bad. Tweak a few things and it could be pretty good. Keep at it man, you'll get better.