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Meet the yodeling lesbian twins rocking New Zealand

The Topps

Had k.d. lang not broken out of Alberta with her early band, the Reclines, she might today be Canada’s equivalent of New Zealand’s Topp Twins: a national treasure little known in the rest of the world. But k.d. would still only be one lesbian, not two.

“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” Leanne Pooley’s little documentary that could, is spreading their fame a bit wider, winning awards at numerous film festivals, both LGBT and mainstream. The film opens July 29 at Atlanta’s Midtown Art Cinema for a one-week run.

Besides singing original songs in traditional country style, Jools and Lynda Topp poke gentle fun at various types, from socialites (Dilly and Prue) to randy middle-aged men (Ken and Ken), through comic characters they’ve developed. They used their characters in a successful TV series for four years but still insist, “We’re not really comedians. We’re singers that are funny.”

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Gregg Araki’s ‘Kaboom’ is a comedy thriller with eye candy for all

Kaboom at Landmark Theatres

The sex-obsessed college students in Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” all seem to be working toward an STD degree. As Smith (Thomas Dekker) says, “I’m 18 and perpetually horny.” This being the 21st century his lust knows no gender boundaries. His best friend Stella (Haley Bennett) says he’s “probably a 3 or 4 on the Kinsey Scale,” while he describes himself as “undeclared.”

Araki himself has become more bisexual, both in his films and his private life, since his days as one of the poster boys for the New Queer Cinema of the early ‘90s. While it’s unquestionably gay-positive, “Kaboom” would score no higher on Kinsey than its protagonist.

Indeed, Smith’s only repeat sexual partner is a woman, London (Juno Temple), although he fantasizes about his “excruciatingly hot straight roommate” Thor (Chris Zylka), “a surfer, dumb as a box of rocks”; flirts with Oliver (Brennan Mejia), hooks up with Hunter (Jason Olive) at a nude beach and gets a surprise “gift” from London on his 19th birthday.